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Revised Fenton

The Holy Bible in Modern English. Revised Edition.
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   Work on the 'The Holy Bible in Modern English' began in 1853 by a London businessman named Ferrar Fenton (1832–1920). The complete Bible was first published in 1903, though some individual bible 'books' were published as separate volumes during the preceding 11 years.
   Fenton is well known for a rearranging of the books of the Bible into what the author believed was the correct chronological order. In the Old Testament, this order follows that of the Hebrew Bible. The name of God was translated throughout the Old Testament as "The Ever-Living".
   Fenton is an exciting translation that shows respect and gives clarity in many areas where other translations fall short. This Bible is described as being "translated into English direct from the original Hebrew, Chaldee, and Greek languages."

    Henrik Borgström assisted Fenton with his translation of the Book of Job, which first appeared in 1898. The book of Job was "rendered into the same metre as the original Hebrew, word by word and line by line". His translation of the New Testament is based on the Greek text of Westcott and Hort. The ordering novelty in the New Testament is that it places the Gospel of John and the First Epistle of John at the beginning before the Gospel of Matthew, thus placing the Acts of the Apostles immediately after the Gospel of Luke.

   Notable as well, is Ferrar Fenton's restoration of the Psalms into the musical verse form as close to the original as he could get. The Psalms were, quite literally, songs, complete with instructions for the "choirmaster" as well as descriptions of the proper musical instruments to be used. Today Psalm 48, Psalm 137, and Psalm 23 are still sung in churches, albeit to tunes not the original.

   This bible is named the "Revised Fenton" because it puts things back into chronological order. In many cases, whether in error or not, Ferrar moved some parts of the scriptures down to the footnote section. These re-ordered verses have been returned to their chronological order as they are currently found in the King James Version. There was no alteration of the wording or intended meaning of what was originally intended by Mr. Fenton."

Blog entry: September 17, 2016


   Welcome to the new blog section. Join us in this exciting effort to display the works of Ferrar Fenton! The Holy Bible in Modern English is now fully digitized and can be seen for it's creative and artistic beauty as well as for the spiritual edification that we all need through the daily study of the scriptures.


   This project actually began in 2012 when the conversion of scanned images, using OCR software, revived a very beautiful but tangled digital version of Ferrar Fenton's work. The major part of the editing, including verse alignment, OCR errors and chapter breaks took over one year. Still, as we go there are minor fixes to punctuation and a few odd necessary edits.

   In its very raw form, 'The Holy Bible in Modern English' went online with a free but very undependable web hosting service in 2014, where it has been ever since.
   With thanks to the generosity of others, just recently, the site has been moved to its current home. This hosting service is by far superior to the previous but costs are high so we are maintaining an ad service to help offset the costs.

   
RF CO1 7:1

The Law of Marriage and Divorce.
Now about what you wrote to me. It is well for a man not to be encumbered with a wife:

   
RF CO1 7:2 but for fear of unchastity, each man should have his own wife; and each woman should have her own husband.
   
RF CO1 7:3 The husband should do his duty to his wife; and the wife also to her husband.
   
RF CO1 7:4 The wife has not absolute disposal of her own body, but her husband; and likewise the husband has not authority over his body, but the wife.
   
RF CO1 7:5 You should not separate from one another: except perhaps, for a time, by consent, so that you may have leisure for prayer; and you should return again to one another, so that the enemy may not tempt you through passion.
   
RF CO1 7:6 However, I say this from opinion; not by a special command.
   
RF CO1 7:7 Yet I wish all men to be even like myself: but each has his own gift from God—one this way, and another that.
   
RF CO1 7:8 But for the unmarried men and the widows, it were well for them if they could remain as I myself;
   
RF CO1 7:9 but if they have not self-restraint, they should marry; for to marry is better than to be feverish.
   
RF CO1 7:10 However, to the married the Lord commands, not I: A wife should not be separated from a husband;
   
RF CO1 7:11 but if she should separate, let her remain unmarried, or let her return to her husband. And a husband should not dismiss his wife.
   
RF CO1 7:12 But for what follows, I myself speak, not the Lord: If any brother has an unbelieving wife, and she agrees to live with him, she should not be dismissed;
   
RF CO1 7:13 and a wife who may have an unbelieving husband, and he agrees to live with her, she should not leave her husband.
   
RF CO1 7:14 For the unbelieving husband is purified in the believing wife; and the unbelieving wife is purified in the brother: or else the children would be defiled; but now they are pure.
   
RF CO1 7:15 Yet if the unbeliever will separate, let him do so; the brother or sister is not in bondage to such. God, however, called us into peace.
   
RF CO1 7:16 For how do you know, wife, but that you may save your husband? or how do you know?, husband, but that you may use your wife?
   
RF CO1 7:17 Should not everyone walk in the way in which the Lord has apportioned, as God has called? I order the same in all the assemblies.
   
RF CO1 7:18 Was one called when circumcised? Let it not be rejected. Has another been called in uncircumcision? Let him not be circumcised.
   
RF CO1 7:19 The circumcision is nothing, and the uncircumcision is nothing; but observing Divine commands,
   
RF CO1 7:20 each should continue in the condition in which he was called.
   
RF CO1 7:21 Were you called when a slave? do not let it fret you. But if you are able to become a freeman, then prefer it.
   
RF CO1 7:22 For the slave having been called to the Lord, is the Lord's freedman; and in the same way, the freeman is a slave of Christ.
   
RF CO1 7:23 You were dearly bought; do not become slaves of men.
   
RF CO1 7:24 Let each continue in the condition, brothers, in which he was called towards God.
   
RF CO1 7:25 But about the young girls, I have not a decision from the Lord; but I give an opinion as I was granted to be trusted under the Lord.
   
RF CO1 7:26 I think, therefore, that to encounter more easily the present distress, it is good for a man to act in this way:
   
RF CO1 7:27 If you are married to a wife, do not attempt to be free; if free from a wife, do not seek a wife.
   
RF CO1 7:28 But if you should marry, you do no wrong; and if a girl marries, she does no wrong—but they will have bodily privations. Therefore I spare you.
   
RF CO1 7:29 However, I say this, brothers: The time remaining is short, until both they having wives may be as having none;
   
RF CO1 7:30 and the weepers as not weeping; and the gay as not rejoicing; and the buyers as not possessing;
   
RF CO1 7:31 and those using this world as not consuming it, for the arrangement of this world passes away:
   
RF CO1 7:32 and I want you to be without anxiety. The unmarried man should look after the affairs Of the Lord —how he may please the Lord;
   
RF CO1 7:33 but the married should look after the affairs of the world—how he may Please his wife.
   
RF CO1 7:34 There is a condition both for the wife and for the maiden. The unmarried woman should attend to the wishes Of the Lord, so that she may be pure both in body and spirit; but the married should attend to the business of the world, how she may be pleasing to her husband.
   
RF CO1 7:35 And I say this for your own application; not that I lay a trap for you, but rather to assist you to be decent, and devoted to the Lord without distraction.
   
RF CO1 7:36 But if any one decides that it is not suitable for his daughter, if she should be passing the bloom of life, and is under engagement to do thus, let him do what he desires, it is not wrong; they may be married.
   
RF CO1 7:37 But whoever stands steadfast in his heart, he is not obliged, since he possesses control over his individual will; and if he decides thus in his own heart to retain the girl at home, he does well.
   
RF CO1 7:38 So that he who marries does well, and the man who does not marry does better.
   
RF CO1 7:39 A wife is given by law to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to whoever she wishes; only in the Lord.
   
RF CO1 7:40 But she will be happier if she should remain so, according to my judgment; and I suppose I also know God's intention.
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